Melbourne Airport (MEL) in the Australian state of Victoria has announced that it aims to achieve net-zero Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2025.

As part of its efforts, the airport recently commissioned a 12MW solar power facility near its north-south runway.

The solar farm is capable of powering all four terminals with clean energy.

Additionally, Melbourne Airport said that it will install an organic waste recycling stream within its terminals from the end of this year.

The introduction is expected to divert 60% of terminal waste from landfills by the end of 2024.

Melbourne Airport Infrastructure chief Simon Gandy said: “While our primary job is to move passengers and freight safely and efficiently around Australia and the world, we are committed to doing so in a way that is environmentally responsible.

“We know that achieving net-zero Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2025 is ambitious, but we also recognise that we need to take big steps to tackle the challenges we face as a global society.

“In addition to Scope 1 and 2, we are developing a strategy for Scope 3 emissions, working closely with our airline and ground transport partners, airport tenants and broader supply chain to reduce emissions across the aviation industry.”

He further added that the airport will meet more than 50% of its energy requirements by 2030 by expanding on-site solar generation facilities.

The remaining needs will be met by procuring clean energy from solar and wind farm developments in Victoria through dedicated power purchasing agreements.

At the end of last year, the airport banned single-use plastics in the airport’s terminals.